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Hundreds of high school students visit St. Bonaventure for CommDay 2024

Apr 12, 2024

Students at CommDay

Nearly 300 students and teachers from 16 area high schools attended the Jandoli School of Communication’s 2024 Communications Day at St. Bonaventure University Friday, April 12. 

“Nothing beats having hundreds of young people interested in communication and journalism come to campus,” said Aaron Chimbel, dean of the Jandoli School. “I am thankful the teachers brought these energetic and engaged students to learn more about our fields and the many opportunities they can pursue in them. What a fun day!”

CommDay, originally called Press Day, has a long history at St. Bonaventure dating back to 1936. Since 1987, it has been known as Communications Day.

This year, students participated in workshops on writing, disinformation, photography, advertising, media ethics, local news, social media, sports broadcasting and a special live broadcast journalism experience with SBU-TV, the student news station.

Kate Welshofer, ’96, an award-winning broadcast journalist who most recently was an anchor at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, delivered the keynote address.

Kate W.

Students had the opportunity to submit their best work for the CommDay competition in video, photography and writing categories.

Chimbel announced the following winners, who will be granted scholarships if they attend St. Bonaventure. The scholarships will be continued each year up to four years for students who major in one of the Jandoli School undergrad programs.

Recipients are:

Best Photography

$500 Scholarship for students attending St. Bonaventure

Canisius High School

“Coverage of Canisius High School Sports”

  • Noah Morlock


    Best Video

    $500 Scholarship for students attending St. Bonaventure

    Salamanca High School

    “Tribute to a Warrior”

  • Leyna Harper
  • Jaxson Ross
  • Wyatt Pierce


Best Writing

$500 Scholarship for students attending St. Bonaventure

Salamanca High School

“Scent of Nostalgia”

  • Lily Bryant


Best in Show

$1,000 Scholarship for students attending St. Bonaventure

CA BOCES Career and Technical Education Center at Olean

Diversity Focus

  • Rudi Gonzalez
  • Ellie Lothridge
  • Ryan Osborne
  • Keaton Noller
  • Hannah Buck
  • Alex Smith
  • James Distrola
  • Dashon Martin
  • Nick Jones
  • Riley Music
  • Tyler Cross
  • Jamie Jimerson